April 16, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 9:58am

Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Monday, April 16, 2012.

This morning Palmview police will release more information at a press conference concerning that deadly illegal immigrant smuggling case that killed nine people and critically injured several others last week.  Authorities do have a 15 year old teenager in custody that they say was the driver. We'll bring you the very latest on this investigation tonight in your Upper Valley report.

The sheriff’s office is investigating a stabbing that occurred over the weekend.
Hidalgo County Sheriff says the stabbing happened west of mile 4 and a half and mile 10 road in Weslaco. There was a dispute between two men, that's when one of them pulled out a knife and stabbed the other. The victim was taken to a local hospital and later released. Officials are still trying to identify the subject.

Brownsville police and local FBI are currently conducting an investigation into several incidents where pilots flying into the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport have reported someone flashing a laser beam in the cockpit of the plane. Airport officials reported two incidents the week before last. In both cases the flights that were targeted were landing on the main runway and were arriving late at night. The crime is a federal offense. Investigators believe the source of the laser is coming from somewhere near the airport property but surveillance cameras have been unable to pinpoint the exact location. If you have any information, contact Brownsville Crime Stoppers at 546-TIPS.

Brownsville police need your help finding out who destroyed 20-thousand dollars worth of greens and part of a fence at the Brownsville Country Club Golf course off of Marcelo Blvd. The incident happened back in February. Police aren't sure how many people were involved or what they used to dig up the course. If you have any information you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 546-TIPS.

A traffic stop on Expressway 77 lead Combes police officers to a large money seizure. Police say 23-year-old Betzabeth Torres had money strapped to her sister and two daughters' bodies. Torres' daughters have been turned over to family members. Because it was such a large amount of money that was seized the total count is expected to be released today. Torres' and her sister have been turned over to the department of homeland security.

Cameron County commissioners are planning to move forward with the Flor de Mayo International Bridge. This after a feasibility study showed it would be beneficial for the  county.  It'd be built near Alton Gloor and 281, also known as Military Highway.  The bill to build the bridge will initially cost the county a little over eleven million dollars and is expected to be self sustaining in five years.
If the proposed plan stays on schedule, the Flor de Mayo International Bridge should be complete by 2015.

Join us tonight for your Upper and Lower Valley reports right here on News Center 23 at five and ten.

Make it a great Monday. Take Care.

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